South Fork Visitor Center - Gateway to the Silver Thread Scenic Byway


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South Fork -- 2 Million Acres of National Forest -- Limitless Historical, Cultural, Recreational Activities

South Fork is at the Junction of The Famous Rio Grande River and Highways 160 & 149

Getaway to the Silver Thread Scenic Byway - South Fork is famous for hunting, fishing, camping, rafting, snowmobiling, skiing, hiking, biking, golf, wildlife, photography, scenic and historic driving tours and much more. With 24 lodges, 11 restaurants and many unique shops we invite you to join us in the good life where the breathtaking scenery and family oriented atmosphere will captivate and draw you back year after year.


In 1990, a portion of Highway 149 was given the distinction of becoming a National Forest Service and Colorado Scenic and Historic byway. This historic route carries you on a 135 mile journey between the towns of South Fork, Creede, Lake City and on to Blue Mesa Reservoir just west of Gunnison. As you travel through the Silver Thread rich history, you will drive through the Gunnison and the Rio Grande National Forests and you can see parts of the La Garita, Weminuche and Powderhorn wilderness Areas. The colorful old mining camps of the Silver Thread offer history, scenic beauty, and a heavy dose of authenticity.

THE RIO GRANDE RIVER -- Outdoor Adventure

THE RIO GRANDE RIVER is an awesome river with a lot of diversity. The Rio is primarily a brown trout river with some nice bows and cuts. Fish are very gullible and range in size from 11 to 16 inches and you always need to be ready for a monster. If you are into scenery as well, then this place fits the bill. Insect hatches are incredible in early summer and the float fishing is fantastic. If you like streamers and dries then this is the river for you. Streamer fishing in the late winter and spring gives way to dry fly fishing in early summer. Dry patterns are large, fluffy and easy to see. Fall angling can also be great.

For more information or a brochure: 28 Silver Thread Lane, PO Box 1030, South Fork Colorado 81154; 800-571-0881; 719-873-5512.


RIO GRANDE NATIONAL FOREST is host to the beginning of the Rio Grande River as it makes its 1,885 mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico. Designated as a national forest by a Presidential Proclamation in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt. The Rio Grand Forest covers more than 1.8 million acres of mountain peaks and valleys that are rich in minerals, timber, wildlife and scenic resources. Activities within the Forest are limitless. Excellent fishing opportunities are provided by the area's 80 cold water lakes, 150 streams and the specially designated Gold Medal fishing waters of the Rio Grande River. Whether you enjoy hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving tours, horseback riding or photography, the Rio Grande National forest has something for everyone. Big game hunters find abundant deer, elk, mountain sheep, bears, antelope and mountain lions. Although the area also boasts large numbers of small game mammals, birds, and water fowl. Winter brings the opportunity to enjoy downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and sledding. Throughout the forest one will also find scattered remnants of Colorado's rich history. Early day mining camps, and homesteads are abundant.

WOLF CREEK SKI RESORT -- Outdoor Adventure

WOLF CREEK SKI RESORT is a high alpine ski resort, 10,300 feet at the base and 11,900 feet at the summit. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a necessity in the high altitude sun. Six lifts service incredibly beautiful terrain, over 1,600 acres. The Magic Carpet is a moving conveyor lift for the Wolf Pup Program. The Nova Lift services beginner terrain for children and new skiers. The Raven Chairlift services primarily beginner and intermediate terrain. The Bonanza and Treasure Triple Chairlift service intermediate and expert slopes. The new Alberta Chairlift replaces the snowcat shuttle that served the Water Fall Area. This unique area is beautiful and adventuresome; full of incredible glades and changing terrain. Predominantly tree skiing and boarding, these 1,000 acres have a few groomed trails for intermediates' interests and enjoyment.

INTERESTING TIDBITS -- About the South Fork Area

ELEVATION: 8,180 feet.


JULY TEMPERATURE: High 91; Low 58.



TERRAIN: Mountain and valley, South Fork is at the boundary where the wide, flat plain of the San Luis valley juts into the San Juan Mountains

For More Information or a Brochure

VISITOR CENTER ADDRESS: 28 Silver Thread Lane, South Fork CO 81154

For Current Event Dates; For a Visitors Guide: 719-873-5512, mention the Colorado Vacation Directory.



  • Specialty Discounts (call for availability): Stay & Play Packages


Technology For Guests To Use In a Common Area

  • Internet Cafe: On site.


  • Groups Welcome: Club. Corporate. Reunion. Weddings. Youth group with adult leaders. Retreat.
  • Group Meeting Area: Indoor room.
  • Central Area for OPEN Campfires: Yes. (If no local fire bans are active.)
  • Central Picnic Area with BBQ Grills: Yes
  • Maximum # of Day-Use Guests in Indoor Meeting Room: 200


  • Open Dates For On-Site Activities: All Year

Primarily Year Round Activities

  • National Forests & BLM Lands: On site.
  • Designated Scenic/Historic Byway: Along the scenic byway.
  • Designated Hiking Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Golf Course: On site.
  • Art Gallery: On site.
  • Restaurant(s): On site.
  • Internet Cafe: On site.

Primarily Summer Activities

  • Fishing in River, Stream or Creek: On site.
  • Fishing in Lake, Reservoir or Pond: On site.
  • Guided Fishing Trips (Licensed): Wade Fishing. Float Fishing. Lake Fishing.
  • Fishing Tackle Sold: On site.
  • Fly Shop: On site.
  • Boat Rentals: Canoe, Raft, Row, Paddle &/or Motor: On site.
  • Paddle Shop: On site.
  • Whitewater Rafting Office/Pickup point: On site.
  • Kayaking Rentals: On site.
  • Horseback Trail Rides (Guided): On site.
  • Horse Rides with a Wrangler (Open Range): On site.
  • Horse Riding Lessons: On site.
  • Jeep Trails: Trails start on site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
  • Jeep Rentals: On site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
  • 4-Wheel Drive Sales & Services: On site. (off road, back country, 4WD, Jeep, or jeeping).
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Rentals: On site.
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) and/or Dirt Bike Tours: On site.
  • ATV Sales & Services: On site.
  • Mountain Bike Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Bike Path: Path starts on site.
  • Bicycle Shop: On site.
  • Mini Golf: On site.


  • Hunting in Area: On site.
  • Guided Hunts: Yes.
  • Drop Camps: Yes.
  • Private Land Unguided Hunting On-Site: Yes.
  • Rifle Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Archery Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Muzzle Loading Hunting Season: Yes.
  • Bird Hunting (Turkey, Grouse, Pheasant): Yes.
  • Deer Hunting: Yes.
  • Elk Hunting: Yes.
  • Bear Hunting: Yes.
  • Mountain Lion Hunting: Yes.
  • Bighorn Sheep Hunting: Yes.
  • Mountain Goat Hunting: Yes.
  • Moose Hunting: Yes.
  • Antelope Hunting: Yes.
  • Colorado Hunting Units/Areas: 68, 76, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 97,

Winter Activities

  • Downhill/Snowboarding Ski Area: Ski in/Ski out.
  • Cross Country Skiing Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Ski/Snowboard Equipment Rentals: On site.
  • Snowshoe Trails: Trails on site.
  • Ice Fishing: On site.
  • Snowmobile Trails: Trails start on site.
  • Snowmobile Rentals: On site.
  • Snowmobile Tours: On site.
  • Snowmobile Sales & Services: On site.
  • Ice Skating (outdoor) Skates Available: On site.
  • Sled/Tube Hill Equipment Available: On site.

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